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Vitamin C helps children with asthma

September 8, 2011

It has been known since the 1940s that Vitamin C can help the asthmatic child.  This has now been confirmed by researchers from Tanta University in Egypt.

The researchers have found that giving just 0.2 grams of Vitamin C every day to a child, diagnosed with asthma, increases their lung capacity by 37 per cent.  The effect was greater in younger children aged between seven and eight years.  The improvement in lung capacity in children aged up to 10 years was found to be 21 per cent.

They also found that Vitamin C works better in children whose asthma is mild.  Older children, whose asthma was severe, had the smallest effect.

Although these findings show that Vitamin C will not significantly help all children, it is definitely worth giving 0.2 grams of Vitamin C to younger children with mild asthma,  especially as the results are every bit as promising as those that can be expected from a drug.

(Source: Clinical and Translational Allergy, 2011; 1: 9).